New or 'Pre-enjoyed'? New Boats Vs Used Boats
Budget is a big consideration, of course, but there are other factors that will affect whether you buy a new or pre-owned boat.
New boats may suit those who are planning to keep their craft for some time, have been on the water before and know exactly what they want.
However, a five-year-old model could be as much as half the price of a new one, giving you a whole lot more boat for your money. Even a year-old boat will have depreciated by between 20-25% since it left the 'showroom'. There is also the possibility that any snags will be have been ironed out by the previous owner, particularly if they are a careful boater. Martin Salmon of MGM says if you1re worred about depreciation, then "buying a used boat can be a good investment if you choose carefully. They don't depreciate as much from the purchase price."
As for the type of boat to buy, the choice is very wide with over 40 types out there, and one of them will fit you. Again, it is very much dependant on what you want from your water-based experience. See our 'What's on Offer' guide to boat types and uses.